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Caribbean Public Health Law Forum (CPHLF)

The CPHLF was launched in June 2021 as a joint initiative between the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO/ WHO), Caribbean Court of Justice Academy for Law (CAL), the Law & Health Research Unit of the University of the West Indies and Healthy Caribbean Coalition. CPHLF’s obligations include the promotion of increased awareness on the role of, and best practices in the use of law to prevent and control NCDs, as well as the development of improved capacity within the region to leverage advocacy for public health. CPHLF’s Steering Committee met 6 times in the last year. Activities culminated in the staging of a WHO-PAHO Workshop on NCDs, Law & Health Taxes together with the CPHLF from October 30, 2023 – 3 November 2023 in Barbados. Mr. John Coombs represented the Academy and presented on the topic, “The role of the CCJ Academy for Law in Advancing the NCD Agenda”. Mr. Coombs has since been invited to take up the rotating chairmanship of the CPHLF.